May 1 – Today In Rock Music History

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Musician’s Born On May 1

1930 Little Walter (Marion Walter Jacobs)
1939 Judy Collins (Amazing Grace)
1944 Rita Coolidge (Higher and Higher)
1945 Mimi Farina (Joan Baez’s sister)
1954 Ray Parker, Jr.
1968 Johnny Colt (The Black Crowes)
1968 D’Arcy Wretsky-Brown (Smashing Pumpkins)

Number 1 In The Charts On May 1

1965 Herman’s Hermits: Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter US 45
1971 Dave and Ansel Collins: Double Barrel UK 45
1976 Bellamy Brothers: Let Your Love Flow US 45
1976 Led Zeppelin: Presence US LP
1982 Barry Manilow: Live in Britain UK 45
1993 Silk : Freak Me : US single
1993 George Michael/Queen/Lisa Stansfield : Five Live EP : UK single
1993 Cliff Richard : The Album : UK LP

Various Music Events On May 1

1942 The American War Production Board commandeers all facilities for production of jukeboxes, turning them over to the manufacture of war materials.

1954 Alan Freed holds his first major show (outside his home base) at the Armory Theatre in Newark, New Jersey. 10,000 see the Clovers, Muddy Waters and Charles Brown.

1959 Jerry Lee Lewis’s Lovin’ Up a Storm hits UK chart

1966 Beatles and Rolling Stones play NME poll-winners concert (their last appearance) at Wembley

1967 Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas

1968 Al Kooper and Randy Brecker leave Blood, Sweat and Tears

1969 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash TV special taped at Grand Ole Opry iin Nashville

1988 Dark Side of the Moon finally leaves US Top 200 after 725 weeks

1989 Employees called police to a jewellery store in California to report a suspicious person. He turned out to be Michael Jackson shopping in disguise.

1991 DJ Bob Harris launches Radio 1 overnight service as network goes 24 hours.

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